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Cuirassier10 Jul 2018 8:40 a.m. PST

I know I've posted this amazing pic before, but I can't seem to find it. I had to post it again. Enjoy.

Giant size image (click on the image to enlarge it): link

Inauguration day… The statue of Archduke Charles of Austria, modelled on a popular painting by Johann Peter Krafft, was inaugurated in 1860. It was meant to glorify the Habsburg dynasty as great Austrian military leaders, though they just had suffered a defeat in the Franco-Austrian War of 1859. This equestrian statue was erected to his memory on the Heldenplatz in Vienna. Taking a closer look, we can see many Austrian officers: infantry, artillery and cavalry (hussars, dragoons, uhlans/lancers and others). Some Austrian veterans of the Napoleonic Era also attended the ceremony.

As we all know, Charles defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Aspern-Essling in 1809.

Personal logo Darrell B D Day Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2018 10:24 a.m. PST

Very interesting. How many of these proud soldiers took part in the humiliation just 6 years in the future?


MiniPigs Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2018 10:42 a.m. PST

That's a great photo. What's the day and month?

Imagine if we could have just one such photograph of Roman soldiers or English knights.

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